Idol: Simon Says Kristy Looks ‘Like a Star’

04/09/2008 AT 12:00 AM EDT



Kristy Lee Cook inspired pure praise from the American Idol judges Tuesday, when the eight remaining contestants performed inspirational songs in the spirit of Idol Gives Back.

Cook, who is perennially in the bottom two on elimination night, had her best performance so far, according to judge Paula Abdul. "You outdid yourself," she told Cook.

Randy Jackson "loved" her version of "Anyway" by Martina McBride, and Simon Cowell said, "It was very, very good, indeed ... You look like a star."



Jason Castro also pleased the judges with his ukulele and Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."

Singing "Angels" by Robbie Williams, David Archuleta had his "hottest moment of the whole season," according to Jackson. Cowell assured the 17-year-old he'd "sail through to the next round."

Other singers -- Michael Johns, Syesha Mercado, David Cook and Brooke White -- inspired mixed reviews from the panel.

The harshest comments were saved for favorite Carly Smithson. Jackson and Abdul thought she failed to connect on stage and Cowell said her version of Queen's "The Show Must Go On" sounded "angry" and warned her that she "might be in a bit of trouble."

Tell us: Which Idol inspired you? Were the judges right in their assessments?

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